Archive by year: 2014

Before last November's election, the Bay State Examiner did a story about a debate between candidates for Secretary of the Commonwealth. One of the paragraphs that caught my attention was a quote from Green Party Candidate Danny Factor But, for the past four years, Galvin's office has refused to refer any cases to the attorney general's office. The two agencies have point fingers at each other, with Galvin claiming that the attorney general's office doesn't consider the public records law ...
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Earlier this year, a member of the Tor project was subject to online harassment. The Tor project responded with a statement of Solidarity Against Online Harassment, which the Massachusetts Pirate Party is proud to endorse. The internet can be a wonderful place, where people are free to exchange information and ideas. It can also be a dreary place where every sociopath is your next door neighbor. Harassment shouldn't be tolerated in physical spaces, and it shouldn't be tolerated in digital ...
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Hello fellow pirates, Due to an unforseen set of circumstances, we have to postpone the planning meeting scheduled for Sat. Dec 13th at the Worcester public library. We hope to reschedule the meeting for sometime in January. We apologize for the late notice, and thank everyone for their continued support. Quartermaster Steve

 

We have two 2015 planning meetings coming up. We will discuss PirateCon 2015, our focus for 2015, how we can open up decision making/participation to more people, and updating our platform. We will also learn how to use our CiviCRM tool (https://masspirates.org/crew). Our first meeting will be tomorrow, Sunday, December 7th starting at 1pm. It will be at encuentro 5 (e5) near the Park St. MBTA station in Boston. The address is 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, MA 02108. Little to no of...
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Here are some of the preliminary results from our PirateCon 2015 survey.  Twenty two people participated. When Should we Hold Piratecon 2015? January 2 February 4 March 9 April 13 May 12 June 7 July 4 Where Should we Hold Piratecon? Boston, Cambridge, Somerville Area 13 Route 128 belt 7 Between 128 and 495 4 West of 495 5 How would you prefer to get to the conference? Public transit 11 Bus (PeterPan...
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We skipped PirateCon in 2014 to focus on our candidates, but we are planning one for 2015. We need your feedback to make it even better than PirateCon 2013. We created a questionnaire to get your feedback. Please submit your response by midnight tonight (Monday). If you aren't sure what happens at a PirateCon, take a look at the videos from our 2013 & 2012 conferences. Is there a survey question you feel we missed? Suggest it in the comments below and we will work to get it in.

 

We scheduled two in-person planning meetings for the rest of the year. Hope you can join us. The first meeting will be Sunday, December 7th starting at 1pm. It will be at encuentro 5 (e5) near the Park St. MBTA station in Boston. The address is 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, MA 02108. Little to no off street parking is available, but parking garages are near by. This meeting will be our election year review. The second meeting will be Saturday, December 13th starting at 3pm. It w...
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We decided to have two in-person meetings before the end of the year. One will be in the Boston area. The other will be in the Worcester area. The first one will be be an election year review. The second will focus on the 2015 budget and fundraising. PirateCon 2015 may be on the agenda as well. Both will discuss how we can open up decision making/participation to more people, our issue development process and include an tutorial on how to use our CiviCRM tool (masspirates.org/crew). P...
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The watered down USA Freedom Act did not clear the Senate yesterday, though Senators Warren and Markey voted for its cloture motion. Back in May, Representatives, Kennedy, Lynch, and Tsongas voted for the even worse House version. We appreciate the effort that the EFF, ACLU and other civil liberties organizations put into getting this bill passed. Unfortunately, the likely final bill would have made mass surveillance more acceptable and wouldn't have done enough to end it. The Republican h...
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The original USA Freedom Act had some merit.  Then the House watered it down.  Now the Senate is considering voting on a less watered down version.  Either way, it isn't enough. The USA Freedom Act would give providers immunity, wouldn't stop bulk collection of data and will extend Section 215 and other major provisions of the PATRIOT Act for another two years.  What little transparency and oversight it requires just not strong enough. Now we hear that the felony streaming part of the SOPA b...
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